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Donal Skehan: Reinventing the Easter roast

We may not be celebrating Easter with family this year, but you can still enjoy a delicious lamb dinner with a twist

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Donsl Skehan's slow roast shoulder of lamb

Donsl Skehan's slow roast shoulder of lamb

Donal Skehan's banana bread

Donal Skehan's banana bread

Big hit - green pancackes

Big hit - green pancackes

Lemon fool with strawberry fool

Lemon fool with strawberry fool

A break from lockdown

A break from lockdown

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rocket, Spiced Pickled Cucumber and Quick-Pickled Red Onion with Garlic Aioli

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rocket, Spiced Pickled Cucumber and Quick-Pickled Red Onion with Garlic Aioli

Millionaire's Loaded Baked Potatoes

Millionaire's Loaded Baked Potatoes

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Donsl Skehan's slow roast shoulder of lamb

How do you keep a highly active toddler and four-month-old occupied during a global pandemic? I don't have the answer, I'm asking you - answers on a postcard, please!

As I sit down to write this we're on what feels like day 750 of lockdown here in Los Angeles - my eldest is on the sofa beside me spreading hummus and the contents of his lunch bowl across his books, the baby has found his voice and is gurgling away loudly as he chews on his hand, and my long-suffering wife Sofie has been on hold with Aer Lingus trying to reschedule travel plans. Any form of childcare has long since deserted us, my hands are permanently covered in Pritt stick, felt and glitter, and we've worked our way through most of Pinterest, YouTube and any motivational toddler Instagram checklists. It's full-on, but despite the anxiety-filled days with news developing by the minute, I'm thankful we're safe and sound and that my family back home is doing well too.

Reading the tragic stories we are faced with on a daily basis, I know our minor sacrifice of staying home when possible is one of the most important things we, and everyone else, can be doing.